Walton and Frinton RNLI volunteer crew launch to a medical emergency

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Walton and Frinton RNLI responded to a Pan Pan distress call from a sail training vessel on 12 June, four miles North East of the lifeboat station.

Approaching sail training vessel who had issued a Pan Pan for a medical emergency.

RNLI/Dale Steggles

Approaching sail training vessel who had issued a Pan Pan for a medical emergency.

With the Pan Pan distress call acknowledged by Dover coastguard, details were passed that a crew member onboard the sailing vessel had fallen on deck and was suffering from back pain. With this information Dover Coastguard activated the pagers of the volunteer lifeboat crew at 4:53pm just as the working day was ending for many.

With details of the casualty known, the volunteer crew boarded the all-weather Tamar lifeboat and proceeded at best possible speed to rendezvous with the sail training vessel. Once on-scene, three first-aid trained crew members boarded the sail training vessel to undertake a casualty assessment. With concerns the casualty was experiencing some back pain and in the confines of the deck area the casualty was immobilised and made as comfortable as possible.

Soon after the initial assessment had been made updates were provided to the Coastguard, with an extended wait time given from the East of England Ambulance service, it was deemed that the casualty needed to be securely transferred to the lifeboat to allow her to be seen by Felixstowe port paramedic service.

The casualty was safely and securely transferred from the deck of the sailing vessel to the lifeboat within the orange basket stretcher which allowed the lifeboat to moor alongside Felixstowe port where a paramedic crew were waiting.

With the casualty handed over to the care of the port paramedic service, she was taken to Ipswich hospital for further assessment.

Russell Bettany, RNLI Volunteer crew member commented: 'The service call was a perfect example of the training and teamwork coming together to enable us to offer the help required.'

The lifeboat and volunteer crew were released by Dover Coastguard allowing them to return to station, with the lifeboat readied for service at 7:55pm.

RNLI Media contacts

For more information please telephone Miranda Rayner, Walton and Frinton RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07799691852 or email Miranda_Rayner@rnli.org.uk

Dale Steggles, Walton and Frinton RNLI Deputy Press Officer on 07540802302 or email Dale_Steggles@rnli.org.uk

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